Excessories Expert

Elizabeth Savetsky

A Guide to Excessive Accessories



I have been fascinated by the iconic, eccentric, creative genius that is Karl Lagerfeld since I was first introduced to the fashion industry.  I’ve spent hours upon hours of my life perusing his designs for Chanel and Fendi, crooning over his statement-making furs, admiring his tongue-in-cheek cultural references, and feeling endless inspiration from his constant reinvention of fashion design.  I also find his distaste for athleisure (“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat.”) and passion for Diet Coke incredibly appealing.

As a self-proclaimed expert on all-things accessories, one of the most frequent questions I receive is: “What should my staple accessory be for the season?” My answer this summer? A pair of statement sunglasses. 

As a mom to two toddlers, the challenges are constantly changing. The one thing that is consistent is my perpetual search for sanity...particularly between the hours of 4 PM and 7 PM.  I know I am in good company with this struggle. I, and most of my fellow mamas-to-toddlers, find ourselves alone with our cranky creatures, counting the minutes until bedtime.

Whenever my non-NYC friends come for a visit, they always ask me where my favorite places are to shop. The sad reality is, I almost never make it to a store. I'm so busy with the kids and work, that when I have downtime, the last place I want to be is a dressing room!  I do 90% of my shopping and shopping for the girls online. As easy as it may sound to click, click, click, and receive the perfect wardrobe, we all know that shopping online can be a lot more complicated.

Memorial Day has come and gone and after what seems like the longest, coldest, loneliest, transition from winter,  "here comes the sun"...allegedly.  We are looking at a weekend filled with sunshine, and what better way to greet it than with a little white dress and some glistening accessories?

It honestly never occurred to me to make custom flowergirl dresses for my toddlers for my brother's wedding. It's certainly not the way I was raised. I was brought up to buy things off the rack, preferably for 75% off. "You can't design your own! It will never turn out! Oy! Why would you overspend? You'll only wear it once! Look at all these heavily discounted options! One of these will surely do!" This is basically the gospel in my family.

I only have one sibling, an older brother, Adam.  We don’t have too much in common on the surface.  He’s the serious, business type, and I’m the emotional artist. We’re both incredibly intense and passionate, but we express ourselves in opposite ways.  Growing up, we weren’t really buds, because our interests never overlapped.

It's been a minute since I've written a heartfelt piece. This may not be eloquent, but here's what's on my mind right now. The truth is, I'm exhausted. I've been feeling a bit  overwhelmed and  spread thin.

It always baffles me when I see an impeccably stylish woman with a poorly dressed guy.  Doesn't she know it would make her look so much better if she took a little time to polish up her diamond in the rough? I know not all men care about the quality or tailoring of their clothing, but it makes a huge difference in the overall appearance of a couple. There are few things sexier than a well-dressed duo, ready to take on the world.  

I remember my search for the perfect diaper bag, just over four years ago when my older daughter was born.  I ended up with two.  One chic and one practical.  It seemed like there were a million options, but not many that were fashionable, functional, and suitable for my NYC life.


© Elizabeth Savetsky